Fujitsu's TH40/D Windows 7 Slide-Out Slate Delayed, Maybe Forever

There was a fantastic little device, launched years ago, that HTC called the "Advantage." It was a unique, slide-out handheld computer, with a design that made tons of sense, but we haven't really seen sense. Fujitsu's TH40/D was on pace to become the "next" Advantage, but all of that has apparently come to an end. The company revealed that they are postponing the release of the tablet/laptop, but there's no clear indication of when it'll ship. In other words, it probably won't ship.

The unit was scheduled to launch with Windows 7 in June, but based on unspecified "development delays," it looks like things are being placed on hold. It's a real shame. Frequently, we hear that all tablets are the same, and in some ways, we have to agree. This unit was breaking the mold and trying something radically different, but now it may just have to live on in our dreams. And that's a shame; we definitely would've loved to have used one.

Have a look at this thing -- would you have been first in line to purchase one if it shipped on schedule?
Via:  Fujitsu
LBowen 3 years ago

It has a neat design but I think it would end up being too bulky turning a good amount of consumers away. I prefer the detachable keyboard when it comes to tablets, so if they were able to work that into the design it could have been a savvy new contender. Too bad it was delayed/possibly canceled.

rrplay 3 years ago

A hybrid like this one would have been interesting to see. It was expected to be 900.00 + range .Don't think i actually would have considered buying one.Wondering the delay was due to product development or it's ability to successfully compete in the tablet & mini notebook about double the price.

omegadraco 3 years ago

Too bad this device was most likely canned. Even though I see this more as another style of convertible notebook rather than a tablet (in their current form) device. This reminds me of the HTC Tilt phones that had slide out keyboard that popped up like this.

AKwyn 3 years ago

I agree with everybody in this thread. This had a very unique design and in a world where every slate is the same, isn't that what matters in the first place?

Unfortunately, I'm guessing it'll never see the light of day for years. Sad.

Lamar Kropf 3 years ago

What a shame. We could really use some variety in the tablet market.

HHGrrl 3 years ago

From a business perspective, I can see why Fujitsu delayed/cancelled this device. From a user perspective, I wouldn't have bought it, but I always like to see new and interesting designs and ideas.

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